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Southside Virginia Community College Reviews

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  • 04/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 of 6

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    They have activities everyday! There really is never a dull moment.

    Food and Dining

    They have a great staff working in their cafeteria! Great food just a little pricey.

    Dorm Life

    There is no dorms here.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic life is great here. Very valuable classes especially for transfer students!

    Tips for prospective students

    I highly recommend this school if you are planning to transfer or simply need to take a few classes.

    In three sentences

    Very helpful staff. Teachers are willing to help whenever possible. Also a beautiful campus!

  • 03/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 of 6

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    No incidents to speak of, but not much security, either. Feels safe.

    Greek Life

    No frats / sors, but two honor societies: Phi Theta Kappa and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are one or two dozen clubs, from geeky to ideological to honor societies to religious.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who have a plan, and are willing to work hard - harder than might seem necessary by appearances.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The main hallway is often filled with talking groups of people, despite the nearby lounge.

    Bang for the buck

    You get out of the education what you put into it, just like any other college -- except with this one, you might have to put a little more effort into it. If you do it right, you could use the college to get into a great university, while minimizing debt. If you don't, you could end up in a confused mess, e.g. having flunked the nursing program, and being split between cosmetology and teaching majors. Don't be that student.

    What to do for fun

    -Meet people! -Climb trees in the backyard, behind the library. -Shoot hoops in the gym -- probably a good way to make friends -While you're in the gym, student musicians may be playing music on the stage. Keep an ear out! Feel free to play an instrument yourself, there or outside. -Walk around the pond, and look for evidence of beavers, racoons, etc. -Find the bus stop shelter that once served as the campus's smoking area. -While you're looking for the bus stop shelter, find the baseball field, and appreciate the open space. Follow the inevitable dog footprints across the field. -Talk to professors. They almost certainly have a more interesting life story than you do, as of yet. Ask them how they ended up at Southside, why they chose their major, etc. -Participate in a Student Services activity -- a quiz, a raffle, a free music event, paint-less indoor paintball, etc. -Figure out what is growing in the field behind the college. Is it still soy? -Walk to Ethel's, and buy something. -Join a student club and take part in activities

    Food and Dining

    Lounge food and price are decent, but you also have options nearby -- Ethel's hotdog stand is a five-minute walk, and Keysville is a few minutes away by car, with a BK, Subway, Pino's, Cruis'n Cafe, and a Chinese place.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms. People are chill. Your first semester of classes equates to a freshman dorm at a four-year -- the people you meet in those classes will form your social framework, and the people you meet later will fill in the gaps.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are almost certainly four-year quality, others are jokes. Talk to your professors, do the work, and study hard. Even an otherwise poor class can have some worth squeezed out of it.

    Tips for prospective students

    --- I wrote a very detailed review, and Cappex timed out and deleted it. Very disappointed, since I took over an hour to write it. -- Take the COMPASS / pre-test seriously. If you don't, you may have to take remedial courses that you did not need to take -- which will be a big pain. Read your syllabuses. They look boring, but lots of important information can be found there -- how the grades will be calculated, how you should format your papers, and any special policies the professor has. One, for instance, will drop you the third time he sees you with a cell phone / laptop in his class. Good to know, huh? ATTEND YOUR CLASSES. Why else are you here? In most of my classes, you could tell who would pass just by attendance. Professors are *supposed* to drop you once you miss a certain number That said, don't just attend and assume everything will work out. Talk to everybody -- professors, administrators, students. Talk to your advisor, once you are assigned one. Carefully study your program's requirements, and talk to your advisor about them. Why are you here? What do you want to get out of being here? How long are you going to be here? Ask those questions, and answer those questions. You don't want to A) fail community college, B) waste your time there, or C) spend your whole life going to community college. Get familiar with Blackboard and the Student Information System (SIS). Your life will be a whole lot easier once you know how to use them properly. For help, ask your advisor, student services, or..... The Comprehensive Learning Lab (CLC) Get familiar with the CLC. They people there are friendly, and can probably point you toward the information you need. They also offer free tutoring.

    In three sentences

    Southside is known for its nursing program, large number of dual-enrolled students, and for having the largest service area of any Virginia community college. It can serve as a stepping stone to a career, or to furthering your education at a four-year college -- if you plan and work hard! The environment is friendly, though not particularly academic.

  • 12/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 of 6

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    As far as I know nothing bad has happened at the college but in the parking lot there are campus security phones if something does happen.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    This past semester we had band out in the courtyard one day and it was different music but it was fun.

    Bang for the buck

    I feel the quality of the I am getting here is worth the money.

    What to do for fun

    They have a ping pong table in the courtyard. They are always having events in the student lounge and in the courtyard. Other students bring their own instruments with them and play in the courtyard.

    Food and Dining

    I never ate out of the cafeteria but the food looks good and everybody that I know that ate it said it was really good.

    Dorm Life

    There are not dorms at this college.

    Academic Rigor

    My classes were not too tough nor too easy. They were just perfect.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be honest with your instructors and with yourself. Do not put more on your place than what you can handle. Focus and study don't worry about the party Friday night take that time to study. Practice time management.

    In three sentences

    Everybody at SVCC is very kind and helpful. My dad passed away while I was taking classes during the fall and I only had three but two out of the three worked with me and I was able to pass those classes. It was a great experience for me.

  • 11/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 of 6

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    the small, rural campus is very safe.

    Bang for the buck

    Like any community college, SVCC is a excellent way to save money and get your general education completed before transferring to a university or college.

    Food and Dining

    SVCC has plenty of vending machines in the student lounge and a small kitchen where you can order a few items. The sweet tea is really good!

    Dorm Life

    SVCC is a commuter campus so there isn't any dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    I would say the difficulty is average. Some classes and teachers are more difficult than others, just like at any school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be scared to ask questions if you don't understand! Take advantage of any social gatherings or events.

    In three sentences

    SVCC is a great transition school or start again for the residents of Southside Virginia. The student body ranges from high school dual enrollment students to middle age adults looking to start a new career. The faculty is excellent and truly cares about the success of their students.

  • 08/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 of 6

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is really safe. It's in a small town, and as far as I know there have not been any major incidents.

    Great for these types of students

    SVCC is great for students who work, have families, and who would like to transfer after two yrs. Also great for students who may not know what they want to do in life.

    Bang for the buck

    You can save thousands by going to a community college. They don't charge you for room and board, meal plans or any unnecessary things. They basically just charge for tuition. It's a great place to go if you are undecided about a major and want to get your general education courses out of they way.

    What to do for fun

    There are extracurricular activities that you can become involved with. Again this is not a big campus, so there is a limit to the type and amount of activities offered.

    Food and Dining

    There are vending machines as well as a little dining room where you can get food. It's not like a big campus university, so the options aren't great.

    Dorm Life

    There is no dorm life as this is a community college

    Academic Rigor

    The nursing program is a very rigorous program, and due to the number of applicants every year pretty hard to get into. My suggestion is to turn your application in as soon as possible so that they will know you are interested. As you finish your pre-reqs make sure that your app is also being updated.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you really want to go to college stay on top of your stuff. They will not hunt you down to make sure you register for classes on time or apply to a certain program by a deadline. It is also up to you to make sure you have financial aid if needed. We are all adults who should be able to do this.

    In three sentences

    SVCC is a great college to start off with. You can save a great deal of money if you go here to get your general education classes out of the way with an intention to transfer. It is also great for students who are unable to attend a 4yr college due to family, jobs, or financial issues.

  • 07/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 of 6

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They have text message alerts that quickly alert you of any issues on campus. Also in the parking lot there are emergency polls that allow you to push a button for help and flashing lights.

    Clubs and Activities

    This college offers lots of clubs and groups to join. Also they have regular events in the cafeteria area that give away free things and also make it easy for you if you want to join a club.

    Bang for the buck

    I have not done any research on other community college's tuition rates but i feel they are a little high.

    What to do for fun

    I don't have much time for fun working two jobs and a full time schedule. But when I do get some free time I like to watch movies and talk to my friends.

    Food and Dining

    Great cafeteria, very affordable prices and fast service.

    Dorm Life

    do not have dorms.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend to find out who your adviser would be for your degree and allow them to help you with your class schedule and you plan. Everyone there is interested in your success and are very helpful.

    In three sentences

    I think Southside Virginia Community College is a great school. All of the teachers, concealers, and staff members I have meet have always been kind and helpful. I would recommend this school to anyone who asked.